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and cast in her mind what manner country with haste, into a city of salutation this should be.

of Juda, 30 And the angel said unto 40 And entered into the house her, Fear not, Mary : for thou of Zacharias, and saluted Elisahast found favour with God. beth.

31 And, behold, thou shalt 41 And it came to pass, that, conceive in thy womb, and when Elisabeth heard the salu. bring forth a Son, and shalt call tation of Mary, the babe leaped his name JESUS.

in her womb; and Elisabeth 32 He shall be great, and shall was filled with the Holy Ghost: be called The Son of the High- 42 And she spake out with a est : and the Lord God shall loud voice, and said, Blessed give unto him the throne of his art thou among women, and father David :

blessed is the fruit of thy 33 And he shall reign over womb. the house of Jacob for ever ; 43 And whence is this to me, and of his kingdom there shall that the mother of my Lord be no end.

should come to me? 34 Then said Mary unto the 44 For, lo, as soon as the angel, How shall this be, seeing voice of thy salutation sounded I know not a man?

in mine ears, the babe leaped in - 35 And the angel answered, my womb for joy. and said unto her, The Holy 45 And blessed is she that Ghost shall come upon thee, believed: for there shall be a and the power of the Highest performance of those things, shall overshadow thee: there- which were told her from the fore also, that holy thing which Lord. shall be born of thee, shall be 46 And Mary said, My soul called The Son of God.

doth magnify the Lord, 36 And, behold, thy cousin 47 And my spirit hath rejoicElisabeth, she hath also con- ed in God my Saviour : ceived a son in her old age : 48 For he hath regarded the and this is the sixth month with low estate of his handmaiden: her, who was called barren. for, behold, from henceforth all

37 For with God nothing shall generations shall call me blessbe impossible.

ed. 38 And Mary said, Behold the 49 For he that is mighty, hath handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me great things; and unto me according to thy word. holy is his name. And the angel departed from her. 50 And his mercy is on them

39 And Mary arose in those that fear him, from generation days, and went into the hill- to generation.

31 He hath shewed strength 63 And he asked for a writingwith his arm : he hath scattered table, and wrote, saying, His the proud in the imagination of name is John. And they mar. their hearts.

velled all. 52 He hath put down the 64 And his mouth was open. mighty from their seats, and ed immediately, and his tongue exalted them of low degree. loosed, and he spake, and prais

53 He hath filled the hungry ed God. with good things; and the rich 65 And fear came on all that he hath sent empty away.

dwelt round about them : and 54 He hath holpen his servant all these sayings were noised aIsrael, in remembrance of his broad, throughout all the hillmercy ;

country of Judea. 55 As he spake to our fathers, 66 And all they that had heard to Abraham, and to his seed, them, laid them up in their for ever.

hearts, saying, What manner 56 And Mary abode with her of child shall this be ? And the about three months, and re- hand of the Lord was with him. turned to her own house.

67 And his father Zacharias 57 Now Elisabeth's full time was filled with the Holy Ghost, came, that she should be de- and prophesied, saying, livered : and she brought forth 68 Blessed be the Lord God a son.

of Israel; for he hath visited 58 And her neighbours, and and redeemed his people ; her cousins, heard how the Lord 69 And hath raised up an horn had shewed great mercy upon of salvation for us, in the house

and they rejoiced with of his servant David; her.

70 As he spake by the mouth 59 And it came to pass, that of his holy prophets, which have on the eighth day, they came been since the world began ; to circumcise the child; and 71 That we should be saved they called him Zacharias, after from our enemies, and from the the name of his father.

hand of all that hate us ; 60 And his mother answered 72 To perform the mercy proand said, Not so; but he shall mised to our fathers, and to rebe called John.

member his holy covenant ; 61 And they said unto her, 73 The oath which he sware There is none of thy kindred to our father Abraham, that is called by this name.

74 That he would grant unto, 62 And they made signs to us, that we, being delivered out his father, how he would have of the hand of our enemies, him called,

might serve him without fear,

her :

ed us,

75 In holiness and righteous- | the house and lineage of Daness before him, all the days of vid,) our life.

5 To be taxed with Mary his 76 And thou, child, shalt be espoused wife, being great with called, The Prophet of the High- child. est: for thou shalt go before the 6 And so it was, that while face of the Lord, to prepare his they were there, the days were ways;

accomplished that she should 77 To give knowledge of sal. be delivered. vation unto his people, by the 7 And she brought forth her remission of their sins,

first-born son, and wrapped him 78 Through the tender mercy in swaddling-clothes, and laid of our God; whereby the day- him in a manger; because there spring from on high hath visit- was no room for them in the

inn. 79 To give light to them that 8 And there were in the same sit in darkness, and in the sha-country, shepherds abiding in dow of death, to guide our feet the field, keeping watch over into the way of peace.

thejr, flock by night. 80 And the child grew, and 9 And, lo, the angel of the waxed strong in spirit, and was Lord came upon them, and the in the deserts till the day of his glory of the Lord shone round shewing unto Israel.

about them; and they were

sore afraid. CHAP. II.

10 And the angel said unto

them, Fear not: for, behold, I CHRIST'S CIRCUMCISION.

bring you good tidings of great AND it came to pass in those joy, which shall be to all peodays, that there went out a de-ple. cree from Cesar Augustus, that 11 For unto you is born this all the world should be tax- day, in the city of David, a ed.

Saviour, which is Christ the 2 ( And this taxing was first Lord. made, when Cyrenius was go- 12 And this shall be a sign vernor of Syria.)

unto you, Ye shall find the babe 3 And all went to be taxed, wrapped in swaddling-clothes, every one into his own city. lying in a manger.

4 And Joseph also went up 13 And suddenly there was, from Galilee, out of the city of with the angel, a multitude of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the the heavenly host praising God, city of David, which is called and saying, Beth-lehem, (because he was of 14 Glory to God in the high

est, and on earth, peace, good of the Lord, Every male that will toward men.

openeth the womb, shall be 15 And it came to pass, as the called holy to the Lord,) angels were gone away from 24 And to offer a sacrifice, acthem into heaven, the shepherds cording to that which is said in said one to another, Let us now the law of the Lord, A pair go even unto Beth-lehem, and of turtle doves, or two young see this thing which is come to pigeons. pass, which the Lord hath made 25 And, behold, there was a known unto us.

man in Jerusalem, whose name 16 And they came with haste, was Simeon; and the same man and found Mary and Joseph, and was just and devout, waiting for the babe lying in a manger.

the consolation of Israel: and 17 And, when they had seen the Holy Ghost was upon him. it, they made known abroad 26 And it was revealed unto the saying which was told them him by the Holy Ghost, that he concerning this child.

should not see death, before he 18 And all they that heard it, had seen the Lord's Christ. wondered at those things which 27 And he came by the Spirit were told them by the shep into the temple: and when the herds,

parents brought in the child 19 But Mary kept all these Jesus, to do for him after the things, and pondered them in custom of the law, her heart.

28 Then took he him up in his 20 And the shepherds return- arms, and blessed God, and ed, glorifying and praising God, said, for all the things they had heard 29 Lord, now lettest thou thy and seen, as it was told unto servant depart in peace, accordthem.

ing to thy word: 21 And when eight days were 30 For mine eyes have seen accomplished for the circum- thy salvation, çising of the child, his name 31 Which thou hast prepared was called JESUS, which was before the face of all people; so named of the angel, before 32 A light to lighten the Genhe was conceived in the womb.tiles, and the glory of thy peo

22 And when the days of her ple Israel. purification, according to the 33 And Joseph and his mother law of Moses, were accom- marvelled at those things which plished, they brought him to were spoken of him. Jerusalem, to present him to the 34 And Simeon blessed them, Lord.

and said unto Mary his mother, 23 (As it is written in the law | Behold, this child is set for the

fall and rising again of many in child Jesus tarried behind in Israel: and for a sign, which Jerusalem; and Joseph and his shall be spoken against; mother knew not of it.

35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce 44 But they, supposing him to through thy own soul also;) have been in the company, went that the thoughts of many hearts a days' journey: and they sought may be revealed.

him among their kinsfolk and 36 And there was one Anna, || acquaintance. a prophetess, the daughter of 45 And when they found him Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser; not, they turned back again to she was of a great age, and had || Jerusalem, seeking him. lived with an husband seven 46 And it came to pass, that, years from her virginity: after three days, they found him

37 And she was a widow of in the temple, sitting in the about fourscore and four years, midst of the doctors, both hearwhich departed not from the ing them, and asking them temple, but served God, with questions. fastings and prayers, night and 47 And all that heard him were day.

astonished at his understanding 38 And she, coming in that and answers. instant, gave thanks likewise 48 And when they saw him, unto the Lord, and spake of they were amazed: and his mohim to all them that looked for ther said unto him, Son, why redemption in Jerusalem. hast thou thus dealt with us?

39 And when they had per- behold, thy father and I have formed all things, according to sought thee sorrowing. the law of the Lord, they re- 49 And he said unto them, turned into Galilee, to their own How is it that ye sought city Nazareth.

me ? Wist ye not, that I 40 And the child grew and must be about my Father's waxed strong in spirit, filled business? with wisdom: and the grace of 50 And they understood not God was upon him.

the saying which he spake unto 41 Now his parents went to them. Jerusalem, every year, at the 51 And he went down with feast of the passover.

them, and came to Nazareth, 42 And when he was twelve and was subject unto them: but years old, they went up to Jeru- his mother kept all these say. salem after the custom of the || ings in her heart. feast.

52 And Jesus increased in 43 And when they had fulfilled wisdom and in stature, and in the days, as they returned, the fayour with God and man.

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